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>> reporter: this was a very tragic day for santa maria. and the scene at the sports center, where the families and friends have gathered to try to identify the bodies, was very desolating. throughout the day, trucks carried the bodies to the site. because it is quite large, it was the only place in the city that had the capacity to actually be a solution for the tragedy that happened because there wasn't a morgue that could take in such a number. >> are you hearing any more about the setup inside the club that there wasn't easier access for people to get out? >> reporter: yes, exactly. lots of witnesses were speaking out it was a desperate situation for them, not to get out. not being able to see far because of the smoke. and on top of that, some witnesses have said that actually security guards stood in their way in the beginning because there was lots of confusion. they didn't understand quite
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what was happening. >> can you tell us a bit about this nightclub, in terms of the popularity? >> reporter: this is one of the most popular nightclubs here. people here have told me, it's called kiss. lots of young people go there. and lots of students. i was told that alone from this public university, about 50 students were killed. >> and news of the nightclub fire hit hard back here at home. a very similar tragedy took 100 lives at a nightclub in rhode island in 2003. pyrotechnics being used by the band great white set the ceiling on fire, trapping hundreds inside. since then, fire codes have been made much more strict in that state, as well as in others. of course, we'll have the very latest, live from brazil, coming up later today on "good morning america." now, to immigration reform. it's getting a lot of attention this week from washington's power players. new proposals are being unveiled today. and they contain some
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controversial ideas. abc's preeti arla has more. good morning, preeti. >> reporter: good morning, sunny. eight republican and democratic senators have met several times since the november election to work on this plan. and while they came to an agreement, there is still much more work to do. but still, some say it's a big step in the right direction. it's a hot-button issue coming to the forefront again, immigration reform. a bipartisan group of senators, four democrats and four republicans, have now unveiled a plan to tackle it. >> we can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. >> reporter: the plan by the so-called gang of eight senators, lays out ways to address some of the big issues. it has a path to citizenship for undocumented workers and strengthening border security. >> we've virtually been going for about 25 years without a clear statement about immigration policy. that's unacceptable in this nation of immigrants. >> reporter: tomorrow, president
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obama heads to las vegas to unveil his own immigration perform plan. the president promised that perform during the 2008 campaign. but failed to deliver it during his first term. with seven of ten latino voters supporting president obama in the 2012 election, republicans now appear more willing to play ball. >> there's a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle, including, maybe more importantly on the republican side of the aisle. >> americans support it, in poll after poll. latino voters expect it. thirdly, democrats want it. and fourth, republicans need it. >> reporter: and as washington prepares to act, some states are taking actions on their own. illinois became the fourth state to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. sunny, back to you. >> preeti arla in washington. thank you so much. getting a lot of attention this morning, the president and hillary clinton sitting down together. we'll have the highlights from that interview coming up in
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about 15 minutes. now, we turn to the nuclear tension stemming from the korean peninsula. this morning in seoul, a spokesman said south korea will do whatever it takes to stop north korea from conducting a new nuclear test. north korea's main ally, china, is urging restraint. and is promising to cut food aid to north korea if it goes ahead with another test. and the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, khalid sheikh mohammed, will be among five defendants making courtroom appearances at guantanamo bay. it begins four days of hearings, where two dozen motions will be argued. all of the defendants are facing the death penalty. we're seeing frightening pictures from what could have been a disaster in turkey. a streak of light across the sky last week was actually a jet airliner's burning engine. 114 people were onboard the turkish airline flight.
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the engine caught fire after being struck by lightning, just as the plane was flying through severe turbulence. the jet landed safely with no one hurt. an ice storm that hit the nation's midsection is now moving east. that means it could be a rough commute for major cities from boston down to charlotte. here's accuweather's jim dickey. >> good morning, rob and sunny. pattern change under way. we're watching warmth stream its way into the eastern half of the country here already. quite warm today across the plains. portions of the midwest. but as that warmth noses in, cold at the surface across much of the northeast. we will see some freezing rain in philadelphia, baltimore, d.c. be careful on the roads as you will see slick spots. light snow in northern new england, as well. one to three inches in cities like boston. rob and sunny, back to you. >> jim, thanks for that. coming up next, the major winners from last night's s.a.g. awards. also, alarming news for credit card customers. a new surcharge in effect. so, how can you avoid it?
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and new video from down under. extreme storms and extreme rescues, storm victims of all ages. ñc?xús1@ú?
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welcome back, everybody. well, stores can now charge you extra for using a credit card. merchants have always paid fees when customers use credit cards. but now, a court ruling says they can pass on as much as 4%. it's unlikely, though, that many will. it would, of course, annoy many customers. and ten states have laws prohibiting the surcharges. there are no fees, though, for debit card use.
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toyota is back on top. the japanese automaker is once again the world's biggest automaker. it sold nearly 10 million vehicles last year, beating general motors and volkswagen. all three automakers posted gains from a year ago. toyota lost the top spot after the tsunami in japan and recalls in the u.s. it will cost an extra penny to mail a letter or a postcard this morning. the first class rate is now 46 cents for a letter, 33 cents for a postcard. but the price for mailing a letter to canada or mexico is up 25 cents. also, priority mail is up but now includes free tracking. >> just make it 2 bucks apiece. "hansel & gretel: witch hunters" stuffed the movie competition into the oven this weekend. the r-rated update was tops at the box office. its take was less than bewitching. "hansel & gretel" took in $19 million its opening weekend. "mama" which you saw and liked
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was second with $13 million. and "silver linings playbook," a darling at this year's oscars, at $10 million. and today is the 13th annual bubble wrap appreciation day. earlier this morning, on "world news now," rob discovered a new use for the packing material. bubble wrap was invented more than 50 years ago. today, the company makes muff each year to stretch to the moon and back, doing more than $8 billion in business. who doesn't appreciate bubble wrap, rob? >> for those who don't know, we have a somewhat less serious show that comes on before this one. those of you who have never seen "world news now," that's a little taste before we put on the tie and get fancy and formal for "america this morning." >> i liked your bubble wrap outfit. it was a nice ensemble. >> finally going to get that emmy. next on this monday morning, why a stretch of the mississippi river is closed again this morning. plus, the president and hillary clinton, a wide-ranging
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interview. getting lots of buzz this morning. and new details in one of the nation's most famous unsolved murders. when you're at the corner of "i'm a new parent" and "i have no idea what i'm doing," you need a hand. well, walgreens is innovating to help. by making prescription refills this easy. and we're bringing our pharmacists out front to answer your questions. at walgreens, we'll do more than help you get well. we'll help you stay well and live well. because that's what it really means to be at the corner of happy and healthy.
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check this out. some dramatic video from eastern australia this morning. a family was stranded in the back of their truck g so he could be pulled up to a helicopter. safely onboard, another crew membered unzipped the bag. and there was the precious cargo, all safe. >> incredible. now, for a look at your morning road conditions. new york starts off with freezing rain and then switches to just rain, old rain by the afternoon. freezing drizzle on the roads around minneapolis. rain in the seattle area. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in new york, philadelphia, washington, d.c., detroit, chicago, minneapolis and salt lake city.
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>> everywhere. and back to the news this morning. hillary clinton wraps up her term as secretary of state this friday. last night, she sat down with her boss and former rival, president obama for a much-anticipated interview. >> the two powerful politicians described their unique partnership and stoked speculation about clinton's future. here's abc's larry jacobs. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary event. an adoring president publicly praises his former political nemesis sunday on the cbs news magazine, "60 minutes." >> i consider hillary a strong friend. >> reporter: the side-by-side admirationfest sent speculation into hyperdrive. was this an endorsement for a hillary clinton presidential run in 2016? >> i have to tell you. you guys in the press are incorrigible. i was literally inaugurated four
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days ago. and you're talking about elections four years from now. >> and i am, as you know, steve, i'm secretary of state. so, i'm out of politics. i'm forbidden from hearing these questions. i don't think he or i can make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow or the next year. >> reporter: secretary of state and the president refused to speculate on the next presidential campaign. they became closer over the last fur years. >> part of our bond is, we've been through the same stuff. and part of being through the same stuff is getting whacked around in political campaigns. being criticized in the press. >> reporter: larry jacobs, abc news, new york. another interview with the president surfaced over the weekend in "the new republic" magazine. answering questions about guns, he admitted to often going skeet shooting at camp david, something unknown to most white house reporters. crews on new york's hudson river will attempt to bring a small plane to the surface
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today. rescuers with boats were on the river last night after the plane crashed into the icy water. a man and a woman onboard were pulled out of the water half an hour after going in. they are listed in fair condition. the crash is under investigation. and the mississippi river near vicksburg, mississippi, is closed this morning following a barge accident. the barge, which was carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge. it's unclear how much oil spilled into the water. but it was seen three miles downstream. we have new details about the murder case of jonbenet ramsey. the murder at her parents' house on christmas in 1996 remains unsolved. but now, reports say a grand jury had voted to indict jonbenet's parents, john and patsy ramsey. however, the district attorney refused to sign that indictment, believing he could not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt. and this morning a
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nationwide hunt is on for the man in gray. u.s. marshals say he's a dangerous career criminal who keeps escaping from jail. he was inside the wayne county jail in detroit for six days before he walked out last week. before that escape, he left a jail in phoenix the very same way. and turning to sports this morning, the pro bowl game was played under the sunny skies of hawaii yesterday. but was it for the last time? >> let's hope so. it wasn't even close. the nfc trounced the afc. 62-35. but both teams did seem to be trying out there. the game is a sort of side show to the super bowl. and nfl commissioner roger goodell has questioned whether it should return. and, rob, speaking of the super bowl, the 49ers arrived in new orleans last night, accompanied by their families. they'll have a week to practice there and get ready for sunday's big game. it's san francisco's first super bowl appearance in 18 years. and coach jim harbaugh says the team is super happy to be there.
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>> the ravens, meanwhile, travel to the big easy today after final practices at their training complex in maryland. sunday was a day of rest. coach john harbaugh said his team is sharp and excited. but he admitted that the niners are a well-coached football team. of course, that's a nod to his little brother, jim. going to be a good game between carnival season and super bowl, my favorite city, new orleans is rockin' and rolling for the next two weeks. going to be good. coming up next this morning in "the pulse," alcohol and live tv. wait until you hear what sofia vergara said on last night's s.a.g. awards. and johnny heisman does the incredible. the video blasting past 1 million views in a few days. we'll show it to you, coming up. ♪ let's go.
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in your monday morning "pulse," another hollywood awards showy the booze flows pretty freely. >> and that makes for big laughs at last night's screen actors guild award, including one from a certain star of "modern family," explaining why she got into acting. >> i grew up in a very traditional catholic home. my father told me if i ever did anything artistic, i was going to look like a hooker. i told him, with this huge boobs that i inherited from your mother, i already look like a hooker. i am sofiaer ha vergara, and i actor. the night's biggest buzz was
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about "argo." director and star, ben afleck, accepting the award for best cast. >> heating up the oscar race, now less than a month away. >> "argo" doing well except at the oscars. >> i know. call it the fast food funeral. on the way to the cemetery, a pennsylvania funeral possession made a detour, that's right, through a burger king drive through. the mourners picked up dozens of whopper jr.s and put them on the casket. his version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the whopper jr. >> that is very healthy. >> you know what? in death, go out the way you live. >> that's right. >> nothing wrong with that. and if you're a freshman and you've already won college football's top prize, the heisman trophy, what do you do
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to top it? well, texas a&m quarterback johnny manziel -- did i say that right? >> i think so. >> challenged himself to some crazy trick shots. >> using that celebrated arm of his, he tosses a football into a tiny basket, seemingly a mile away. all of that caught on video. and that video going viral. look at that. >> that's pretty cool. >> that is impressive. we'll find out it's doctored and such. >> that makes for some kind of commercial. >> it's a beautiful thing. almost as beautiful as sofia. well, for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, red carpet fashithe t the s.a.g. awards. o believe your financial advisor should focus on your long-term goals, not their short-term agenda. [ woman ] if you have the nerve to believe that cookie cutters should be for cookies, not your investment strategy. if you believe in the sheer brilliance of a simple explanation. [ male announcer ] join the nearly 7 million investors
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>> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center, this is abc7 news. good morning morning starting this super bowl week. >> the start of the super bowl week. cannot wait for reach football.
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there was the pro football last night. >> i am kristen sze, and how do we look? >> more sun? >> we will look at live doppler 7 hd. you can see a halo around the moon with high clouds on live doppler 7 hd, with high clouds, no rain. put the umbrella away, no storms for a couple of weeks. high clouds this morning, at 23 to 45. showers are possible at the coast. temperatures around 50. 59 for the rest of us. the breezes will taper through the evening. friction -- 46 to 42. >> 428, that is good, and moving toward the university over overcrossing everything is moving nicely toward berkeley and the macarthur maze. no road work on the golden gate bridge, no fog, it is clear. you have four lanes for southbound commute and no issues. an area of concern with road
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work north 880, 66 to fruitvale, three left lanes are blocked for half an hour. eric and kristen? >> developing news from peninsula, the highway patrol is trying to put together the cause of a traffic accident that killed three and injured two. in the last 30 minutes we learned that two of the dead are just 12 and 16. abc7 news reporter is live near the scene in foster city. >> tell accident. we cannot tell you the names but two lanes reopened after a crash that kid three, all members of the same family. a guardrail was smashed, a light pole was toppled. a car with five people inside struck the guardrail on the foster city boulevard off-ramp. the impact killed an 18-year-old, a 16-year-old, and
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a 12-year-old all members of the same family. >> for unknown reasons the vehicle lost control, it went east road, struck the guardrail on the side of the freeway and it overturned striking a metal utility pole and rested on the roof. >> the three victims appear to be brothers, an 18-year-old was in the car, and another person. one of the people hospitalized at stanford medical center. we are trying to find out more information of the crash. c.h.p. still is investigating. three people are dead in foster city appear to be victims from redwood city. >> the highway patrol is investigating a fatal accident that struck down a stretch of interstate 80 in el cerrito last night. investigators say a woman driving a black s.u.v. had trouble on uneven road. >> she lost


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